"It is hard to be in this system": the Use of NI Hotels as 'Contingency Accommodation' for Asylum


Language: English

Publisher: PPR

Published: Apr 29, 2022


In June 2021 the Home Office quietly began placing asylum seekers in 'contingency accommodation' in NI hotels. NI duty bearers that the Home Office claims to have engaged with have to date failed to publicly acknowledge the practice. In the last nine months the numbers of people - including families with small children - housed in the 14 hotels now involved have risen exponentially. Families met duty bearers, politicians and civil society groups in Belfast on 26 April 2022 to share the Iftar celebration meal, to describe the range of hardships and rights deprivations they face and to elicit local support for a #KindEconomy.